Escape to Provence
About the trip
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Take a dreamy journey through the beautiful French Riviera. Start in Marseilles for a panoramic tour of the city. The next morning, drive to the port town of Cassis and sail off to experience the Calanques – towering limestone cliffs – before heading off to Avignon for a private cooking class. Delight in excursions to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to sample olive oil, and Arles, a former capital of ancient Rome, to enjoy lunch and a wine tasting. Your next stops are Nice, where you can indulge at restaurants and wineries, followed by glitzy Cannes then Saint-Paul de Vence, a hilltop town beloved by notable artists like Matisse and Picasso. Not to be missed, a tour of lavish Monaco.
We reward all our CAA Members on our Extraordinary Explorations tours/cruises.
- $25 CAD Beverage card†
- 50 CAA Dollars®^
- 25% savings on CAA Travel Insurance◊
CAA has curated an exceptional experience unique to your tour. Details of this experience are listed below:
Morning private cooking class at la Maison de la Tour
- Airfare from Toronto or Winnipeg to Marseille, and return from Nice to Toronto or Winnipeg
- 1-night stay in first-class accommodation in Marseille
- 4-night stay in first-class accommodation in Avignon
- 5-night stay in first-class accommodation in Nice
- Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 3 tastings and 1 snack
- Land transportation via first-class motor coach
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Professional English-speaking tour director throughout
- Local English-speaking guides
- Hotel porterage of 1 suitcase per person
- Destination transfers
Escape to Provence: Sun-kissed Riviera and Monaco
Activity Level: Moderate. Experience the lavish, laidback lifestyle of the French Riviera on an unforgettable journey along the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Fly from Toronto or Winnipeg to Marseilles.
Marseilles – Arrive in Marseilles, transfer to your hotel then enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and welcome dinner. D
Avignon – Excursion to Cassis for a sightseeing cruise of the beautiful Calanques. Transfer to Avignon with the rest of the day at leisure. B
Avignon – This morning is your Extraordinary Experience: A private group cooking class. Next, a walking tour of old Avignon and a visit to the Pope’s Palace. B
Avignon – Full-day excursion, including Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for an olive oil sampling and a visit to the village of Baux-de-Provence. B/T
Avignon – Visit Arles and take a walking tour of the Roman city with lunch. In the afternoon, tour Carmague in a 4x4 vehicle followed by a wine tasting. B/L/T
Nice – Transfer to Nice and stop in the village of Gordes along the way for lunch. Continue to Aix-en-Provence for a walking tour then arrive in Nice. B/L
Nice – Sightseeing tour of Nice and a private visit to a wine estate. Your afternoon is at leisure. B/T
Nice – Tour the village of Èze then Monaco. Stop in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to visit the gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. B/L/S
Nice – Visit the Provençal market of Antibes then take a tour of Cannes. Visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul de Vence and play pétanque (a game similar to lawn bowling). B
Nice – Enjoy a free day in Nice then a farewell dinner. B/D
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home to Toronto or Winnipeg. B
B - Breakfast | L - Lunch | D - Dinner | S - Snack | T - Tasting
Terms & Conditions
*All CAA Member prices are per person, based on double occupancy, in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change without prior notice until final payment is paid. All prices are correct at press time and apply to new bookings only, based on availability at time of booking. To receive CAA Member-exclusive benefits, there must be one valid CAA Member travelling per booking. Non-members booking Extraordinary Explorations will not receive Member-exclusive benefits.
†Beverage card is one per person, in Canadian funds and has no cash value.
^CAA Dollars awarded per adult Member. To earn and redeem CAA Dollars, you must be a current CAA Member in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). CAA Dollars will be credited at time of departure. For more information on CAA Dollars, please visit www.caasco.com/caadollars.
◊CAA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance Company, a CAA Company. Twenty-five percent (25%) Member savings is made up of a ten percent (10%) Member savings as well as a promotional fifteen percent (15%) savings when you purchase an Extraordinary Explorations tour through CAA Travel, applies to CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba Members in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by membership expiry date). This promotional offer is valid until December 31, 2023. Ten percent (10%) Member savings applies to Members in good standing of all other CAA clubs. Savings apply to the total premium excluding applicable taxes. Minimum premium applies. Visitors to Canada Insurance is limited to the promotional savings. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. Subject to change without notice. A Medical Questionnaire may be required to purchase travel insurance. Extraordinary Explorations vacations are organized and booked by CAA Travel (South Central Ontario) Inc. and CAA Manitoba (“CAA Travel”) on behalf of CAA Club Group (o/a CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba). In the event of an increase in any of the cost factors, CAA Travel reserves the right to increase the price whereby the provisions of the Travel Industry Act shall prevail. CAA Extraordinary Explorations packages are 100% non-refundable at final payment. CAA Travel service fee for cancellation prior to final payment varies by program. For full payment terms and conditions, please ask your CAA Travel Consultant. CAA Travel reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements (minimum number of participants) or circumstances beyond its control. Additional fees for checked luggage or other incidentals may be incurred and vary according to itinerary and airline. Air schedules with some tours are not available at press time and may include several connections or forced overnight at passenger’s expense. CAA Travel strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation and emergency travel and emergency medical insurance at the time of booking. Please note: Participants must be able to embark and disembark cruise ships and coaches without assistance as well as have a good level of mobility for walking tours in destinations where stairs and traditional cobblestone streets can be challenging. International transportation vehicles and facilities may not meet accessibility standards.
Fly overnight from Toronto or Winnipeg to Marseille.
Upon arrival, meet and greet your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy an afternoon introduction to the city on a panoramic tour. Welcome dinner tonight at a local restaurant. (D)
Set out on a morning excursion to Cassis and enjoy a shared one hour cruise of five Calanques, scenic rocky bays in the Cote D’Azur. In the afternoon, depart to Avignon, where the remainder of the day is free. (B)
Experience a private cooking class at Maison de la Tour. In the afternoon, visit the Pope’s Palace during a walking tour of Old Avignon. (B)
Today is a full day excursion to St. Remy de Provence and the village of Les Baux de Provence. Visit an olive oil estate in St. Remy with obligatory tasting. (B/T)
This morning, explore the Roman City of Arles with a walking tour. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, take a private visit by 4 X 4 to discover the Rhone delta of Camargue. Complete the day with a wine tasting. (B/L/T)
Today, drive to Nice with a stop enroute in the famous, picturesque village of Gordes. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Nice with a stop in Aix en Provence for a lovely walking tour. (B/L)
The morning site-seeing tour of Nice includes the old city and a private visit to a wine estate including tasting. The afternoon is yours to do as you wish. (B/T)
A full day excursion awaits to the perched village of Eze and the glamourous principality of Monaco. Lunch at a local restaurant in Monaco. Upon return to Nice, stop in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (villa and gardens). Partake of a drink and pastry at the villa restaurant (the former dining room of the Rothschild family). (B/L/S)
Spend the day visiting the area including Antibes (with its colourful Provencal market), an orientation tour of Cannes and St. Paul de Vence, a village known for famous painters. Experience the traditional game of “Petanque”, a type of lawn bowling, in Saint Paul. (B)
The day is yours to explore how you wish. Later, walk to the nearby restaurant la Rotonde, next to the worldwide known Negresco Palace Hotel, for a farewell dinner. (B/D)
Time to say goodbye to Provence and transfer to the airport for your return flight home to Toronto or Winnipeg. (B)
B - Breakfast | L - Lunch | D - Dinner | S - Snack | T - Tasting